Forrest Marion Mims III

1993 Laureate, Environment
United States, Born 1944

forrest.mims@ieee.org

Solar UV-B Index at South Texas from June 1994 to March 2011

March 10, 2011

Measurements of the atmosphere and sunlight in South-Central Texas began on 04 Feb 1990 from a field outside my rural office. The data include the total ozone column, total water vapor, optical depth (haze) and direct UV-B. In 1994 various full-sky measurements of sunlight, including UV-B, and...

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The International Space Station

August 23, 2009

The International Space Station (ISS) is by far the largest artificial satellite. It’s also among the brightest objects in the night sky. If you haven’t yet seen it passing overhead, it’s well worth the effort required, especially when its accompanied by one of the...

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Measuring the ozone layer from Texas since 1990

August 22, 2009

Total ozone measured from South-Central Texas since 4 February 1990. The chart shows the ozone layer measured from my site in South-Central Texas, USA, since 4 February 1990.  The measurements were made by a series of NASA satellites and my instruments, including TOPS-1, the Microtops sponsored...

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The Sun Remains Extraordinarily Quiet

August 8, 2009

The sun remains quieter than at any time since about 1913. In the past, protracted quiet suns were associated with global cooling. The ongoing interval between solar cycles 23 and 24 could provide an important opportunity to compare various natural observations...

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Saharan Dust Reaches Texas

August 8, 2009

Considerable Saharan dust has reached Texas during much of July and the first few days of August, where the dust on windows is probably from Africa. While we receive Saharan dust most summers, the present outbreak is among the biggest and longest lasting Saharan dust...

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Meeting milestones

April 27, 2009

Two previous Rolex Laureates, Forrest Mims III (1993) and Sebastian Chuwa (2002) are approaching important milestones in their long-term projects. Twenty years of ozone layer measurements and 15 years of planting trees are paying off as these two Rolex Laureates help improve life on Planet Earth. Invention,...

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